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Old 02-08-2005, 12:29 AM   #1  
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ok well as soon as i fix the cable for my clutch i'm going to sell it..try to get 800-1000 dollars for it....then i'm getting 500 for work and then 500 i'm going to try to barrow...now i'm going to buy aother mustang...1987-1993 stylee.....now its going to be a 5.0 and a 5speed...what should i look for other than the brakes, brake lines, suspension...engine bay for rust....under neather for rust...make sure the engine is in good shape...take the cover off the air filter see whats in there....anything else i should look for...i can't htink of anything
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:54 AM   #2  
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You shouldn't stress about the condition of the brakes when purchasing such a old car. Your main concern will be rust and the condition of the engine and transmission/rear.
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Old 02-08-2005, 01:14 AM   #3  
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yes well when i bought my car the brake lines were all rust out...that why i'm checking them ......
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Old 02-08-2005, 03:52 AM   #4  
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but he's saying the brakes are significantly easier to repair than the engine, body, and driveline. besides, instead of replacing them, you can upgrade the brakes if there's a problem. look at it as an oppurtunity rather than a problem
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Old 02-08-2005, 04:20 AM   #5  
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besides, instead of replacing them, you can upgrade the brakes if there's a problem. look at it as an oppurtunity rather than a problem
And Rust holes as Future Windows[>:]


Just mainly look for rust, everything else can be replaced
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Old 02-08-2005, 03:04 PM   #6  
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Sorry this one goes on for a while work is a little slow

I usually try and adopt the rule of three. The car has the body/interior/drivtrain. As long as 2 of the 3 are solid it is worth working buying otherwise it is too expensive. Drivetrain is the easiest and potentially the cheapest to work on Body can be the most expensive and time consuming. Rust anywhere is a sign of trouble. USUALLY cars rust from the inside out. I mean if it is a rock chip or paint scratch it is surface rust on the body Otherwise you can assume that for every pinprick of rust in the paint the back of the pannel has a quarter sized rust spot and the metal WILL need to be replaced or repaired. Floor pans will rust out from wet carpets so again small rust spots under the car are big problems.

Look for body damage, inner fenders or rad supports that are bent or rewelded, floorpans that are "worked" and bumper supports that look like they were straightened. Look for paint spray on inner fenders, suspension parts, floorpans, gastanks etc. It is a sure sign the car was in an accident.

Stay away from cars that have been "modified" or supped up. Some guys are brilliant and you are buying a dream. Others are just bad. If you are lucky you can look at the car where it is "usually" parked look for oil or antifreeze spots. Same for the engine, look for signs of obvious leaks.

And finally if you feel confidant with your choice, before you part with your cash take it to a professional like lemon busters. They obviously can't assess every problem a car can have but they may find something you will miss.
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